CLUB ICE & FREESTYLE RULES for SKATERS
Last Updated May 26, 2022
All San Antonio Figure Skating Club (“SAFSC”) members are expected to follow proper skating etiquette. The rules are for the safety of skaters and coaches, so please take them seriously. Current SAFSC rules are as follows:
1) All Skaters should purchase and pay the appropriate Club Ice Session Fee on the SAFSC Entryeeze Member website (under the Contract Ice Tab) prior to stepping on the Ice for that session. If a Skater steps onto the Club Ice session without paying, the Skater’s Entryeeze account will be assessed the single session fee plus a $5.00 late fee.
2) All members must be courteous and respectful, both on and off the ice, of property and others. Disrespectful behavior, including but not limited to foul language and/or kicking of the ice or boards, will not be tolerated on Club Ice Sessions. All skaters and professionals must strive to avoid on-ice collisions. Skaters must be careful around those at a higher or lower skating levels.
3) The skater whose music is playing has the right-of-way. This skater must be wearing a sash provided by the club or rink. Other skaters and coaches must yield to the skater wearing the sash.
4) Skaters in lessons have right-of-way priority immediately below the priority given to the any skater wearing the sash.
5) Skaters and coaches should not linger in any of the four jump corners and should move out of the area as soon as possible. Spins should be practiced in the middle area of the rink.
6) Chasing or horsing-around will not be allowed.
7) Talking with friends in groups or one-on-one on the ice is not allowed.
8) Laying on the ice is not permitted. If you have fallen, get up as quickly as possible to avoid being in the way of another skater or getting hurt because a skater may not see you. IF YOU ARE HURT, don’t move, call to a skater or coach to assist you.
9) No food, gum, or drinks on the ice. Water bottles are allowed at the boards.
10) Parents and skaters should not interrupt a coach when he/she is in a lesson with another skater. Discussions with a coach should occur before or after practice, or a meeting should be arranged off the ice.
11) Promptly leave the ice at the end of your session. If the door to the Zamboni bay opens, exit the ice immediately.
12) No shadowing another skater, except for group numbers including duets and trios, or under a coach’s direction.
13) Skaters must not wear headphones as they may prevent skaters from being fully aware of others who may have priority.
14) Props must not endanger any skaters on the ice. Handheld props may be used at any time. On ice props can be used during a lesson in which a coach has control of the prop and will remove it from the ice immediately after use.
15) Music and Right of Way Rules:
A) Any skater may have his or her music played during a club ice session. If there are several skaters that want to play their music, put your music request in the queue.
B) Music will be played in the order submitted with the following exceptions:
i) Coaches may “bump” a skater’s music to the top of the order if that skater is in a lesson.
ii) Coaches may “bump” another skater only twice during a given lesson.
iii) There will be one skater request played between each coach requested “bump”
C). A piece of music may only be restarted due to technical difficulty.
D) After a skater’s music is played, it will be placed at the end of the queue where it may be played again after all requested music has been played at least once and the rotation begins again – time permitting.
E) Skaters with two programs will have the second program played with the same priority as if requesting the first program a second time – played as time allows after all other submitted music has been played one time.
F) During busy time, typically prior to competitions and shows, the SAFSC will make an effort to have a music monitor for club ice sessions. However, in the absence of a session music monitor both skaters and coaches must be respectful of each other and support maintaining the above process to the best of their ability.
16) The above rules are subject to change as determined by the SAFSC Board of Directors and notice of any such change will be provided.
17) If there are any questions about these rules during a session, please see a SAFSC Director. Skaters who are not in compliance with the above rules are subject to the following disciplinary process at the discretion of the SAFSC Board of Directors.
A) 1st Offense: Skater is given a polite reminder (and coach and/or parent as appropriate) will be notified of the violation and given a verbal warning.
B) 2nd Offense: Skater (and coach and/or parent as appropriate) will be notified of the violation and given a verbal warning will be asked to leave the ice for the remainder of the day and a written notice will be sent to the skater, coach and parent (when applicable) - there will be no refund for the missed session(s).
C) 3rd Offense: Skater (and coach and/or parent as appropriate) will be notified of the violation and given a verbal warning will be asked to leave the ice for the remainder of the day and a written notice will be sent to the skater, coach and parent (when applicable) - there will be no refund for the missed session(s).
D) 4th Offense: Repeated Violation will be addressed by the Board of Directors with possible loss of Club Ice privileges for the remainder of the club ice season with no refund.
18) If any parent/coach/skater of SAFSC Club Ice has a complaint against another participant of SAFSC Club Ice, he/she may file a complaint in writing pursuant to the current SAFSC Bylaws. Such complaints will be investigated and resolved according to the Bylaws and at the discretion of the Board of Directors.